Rib Mountain Snowshoe Hikes
Hello to Friends of Rib Mountain State Park!
After two winters where we could not hold snowshoe hikes, it’s finally HAPPENING again. We will be hosting two candlelight snowshoe hikes, one on Saturday, January 7, and the other on Saturday, February 4, from 5-7 p.m. Won’t it be great to again be hosting them from the Friends Gathering Space! Lots of room, fireplace inside, campfire outside, heated restrooms, and smiling faces. What more could anyone want! And we have a great time hosting these fabulous hikes on our beautiful mountain in our very own Park!
As always, we need lots of volunteers to help make our snowshoe hikes fun, safe and successful. We need help lighting and placing the battery-operated candles in clear cups on the marked trail, setting up everything in the building, helping with parking, assisting Joel Braatz sometimes with snowshoe fitting, serving hot chocolate and cider, stoking the campfire and handing out marshmallows and sticks. Then about 7 pm we need people out on the trail collecting the candles and cups, and some help with shelter cleanup. We love having lots of people and families come to our now famous snowshoe hikes and learn to snowshoe, but it takes many of our members and friends working together to make it run smoothly. If you can’t make it Saturday night, we need to have somebody (or two people) to hike the trail on Sunday in the daylight, to make sure no candles had petered out and were left behind with their cups along the trail.
For both of these hikes we would love contributions of cookies, treats or bars for hungry snowshoers. We’ll be serving hot dogs, hot cocoa and hot cider, too. We don’t charge a fee to those who come to enjoy the hike, but donations are VERY welcome to cover the cost of food and drinks, and for the loaned snowshoes.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Karen Graff or Nancy Stencil